Overbrook Wins Rights To YA Film Adaption Of ‘To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before’

Credit: Barnes and Noble
Credit: Barnes and Noble

Another YA hit is headed to the big screen – but this one is not by John Green!

Deadline reports that Will Smith’s Overbrook Entertainment have obtained the rights to To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han, a story which follows Lara Jean, who “keeps her love letters in a hatbox her mother gave her. They aren’t love letters that anyone else wrote for her; these are ones she’s written. One for every boy she’s ever loved – five in all. When she writes, she pours out her heart and soul and says all the things she would never say in real life, because her letters are for her eyes only. Until the day her secret letters are mailed, and suddenly, Lara Jean’s love life goes from imaginary to out of control.”

Korean American writer Han is hugely popular in the world of children, teen, and YA literature, and is especially well known for her trilogy The Summer I Turned Pretty. Although it was released just two months ago, To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before is now a New York Times bestseller, and will now be adapted for the big screen by Annie Neal, who’s Beauty Queen made last year’s Black List of best unproduced screenplays. Neal is also known for her work on shorts Another Happy Anniversary and Closer, as well as episodes of General Hospital and Las Vegas.

Having read To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before, I really feel this charming story of Lara Jean’s romantic journey will translate well to the silver screen, and, although it may be a way off at the moment, I can’t wait to hear news of casting and a release date!


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